At one time or another in your life you’ve most likely had some ringing in your ears. That ringing is called tinnitus. At any given time 15-20% percent of people, according to many studies, experience tinnitus. Normally, it doesn’t last. But chronic tinnitus, a ringing that won’t go away, can be annoying and upsetting. The most common treatment for tinnitus is, fortunately, relatively straightforward: hearing aids.
Dealing With Persistent Tinnitus
Some of the countless reasons why tinnitus happens are pretty easy to understand, others not as much. Tinnitus can also sound like a wide variety of objective or subjective sounds, from pounding to clanging to metallic buzz-saw noises, whatever beautiful symphony your ears can generate.
And tinnitus gets more obnoxious as the sounds become louder. Difficulty communicating, mental health declines, and interruption of your everyday life can be the eventual result.
Tinnitus And Hearing Aids
While there is often no way to cure the underlying cause of tinnitus, hearing aids have become rather proficient at treating tinnitus symptoms. Hearing aids are capable of accomplishing this in numerous ways.
Bringing The Ringing to a Less Noticeable Level
Tinnitus and hearing loss often manifest in conjunction. They can have the same root cause or not. But it’s quite likely that your tinnitus will worsen as your hearing loss worsens. There’s less competition, and that ringing or buzzing can really stand out (it’s like winning American Idol in a year with sub-par contestants).
Your hearing aid will be able to turn the ambient volume of the world up. Your tinnitus will once again, to your relief, get lost in the details. Now you can get back to enjoying your life again.
Muting The Noises Out
Clearly, overwhelming your tinnitus is not the same thing as masking your tinnitus. So to help handle your ringing and buzzing, many modern hearing aids use a form of noise cancellation technology. We can teach you how to tune your hearing aid to emit certain white noises that help lessen your tinnitus. Utilizing this type of technology, you will be less aware of tinnitus sounds.
This is a customized technology and an appointment with us will help you determine if this is right for you.
Most forms of chronic tinnitus don’t have a known cure. But you can still find ways to handle it. A precisely calibrated hearing aid can enable you to live your life more fully and enjoy the world without being overwhelmed by buzzing, ringing, or any other tinnitus-related sounds. For many people who live with tinnitus, hearing aids are a good choice.